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420 chars #8

My opinion on Romney’s alleged prep-school bullying: Drop it. Till now the issue was whether gays should have equal rights. If we have to answer for stupid things we did at 17, the issue becomes whether we have the right … Continue reading

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420 chars #7

When you wake up at 2:30 with this stuff on your mind, you might as well get up and write it out. –gb If you trust only corporate scientists and voices, hear only corporate media, & worst of all, mistake … Continue reading

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420 chars #6

Free speech involves two rights, to speak and to hear. We have to exercise both. Understanding breaks when the few shout down a speaker, when the many shout down the few, when speech is so ugly everyone leaves, when hate … Continue reading

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420 chars #5

This one started a lively discussion on facebook: Shakespeare didn’t work stoned. Art doesn’t escape reality, it embraces it. Creative people must see better, not worse, and bluntly confront what they see. They don’t use warped lenses, they must see … Continue reading

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420 chars #4

A problem with “America is founded on Christianity” is that it is idolatry. It equates faith with nationalism. If America is the Body of Christ, to criticize its policies is blasphemy. In election years the House of Representatives pushes a … Continue reading

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420 chars #3

Note: It always amazes me how the sacrifices you have to make to reduce 630 characters to 420 feel like cutting off your arm while you’re doing them, but the result is often a cleaner, clearer, though forbiddingly dense expression. … Continue reading

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420 chars #2

Although this is my second post in this genre, it was really my first act of rebellion against Facebook’s 420-character status limitation — coincidentally, on Independence Day (although, come to think of it, this is an act of submission, isn’t … Continue reading

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420 chars #1

This is a genre I’ve just named. I didn’t invent it, since it consists only of the limitation on the size of a Facebook status (hence the name). I just decided “420 chars” needed to name a genre of ultracondensed … Continue reading

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